Raphael Obonyo

Raphael Obonyo is a public policy analyst. He’s served as a consultant with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). An alumnus of Duke University, he has authored and co-authored numerous books, including Conversations about the Youth in Kenya (2015). He is a TEDx fellow and has won various awards.

How to combat graft Without citizen participation, the fight against corruption is lost Although African governments have established countless institutions and agencies to fight corruption, graft remains rampant across the continent. Transparency International’s (TI) 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index listed Africa as the second most corrupt region on the globe, with South Asia topping the list. According to the TI report, ten out of the 20 most corrupt countries in the world are found in sub-Saharan Africa. Governments are easy to blame for graft, but it is citizens who must take action. They can reject corruption in their everyday lives and…

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Kenya: central versus local Two years after this east African nation transferred power to local counties, some governors want to amend the new constitution Billow Hassan stands in the parking lot behind the hospital building in Mandera, the capital of Mandera County in northeastern Kenya. “Ten years ago there was one ambulance in the whole region,” says the 24-year-old community organiser. “When people got sick, they often had to walk miles to a clinic.” Now, he says, pointing to a row of vehicles parked against the fence, “the county has six ambulances, always on stand-by.” Mr Hassan credits the improvement…

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